Gates County, North Carolina

The History of Gates County, NC

Gates County is a small, rural county located in the northeastern portion of the U.S. state of North Carolina, bordering Virginia. As of the 2020 Census, the population was 10,478 people, 4,638 households, and 3,205 families residing in the county. The median income for a household was $35,647, and the median income for a family was $41,511. The per capita income for the county was $15,963. The county has a total of 346 square miles, of which 340 square miles is land and 5.2 square miles is water. The
main industries are agriculture and forest products.

Its county seat is Gatesville and it is part of the Albemarle Sound area of the Inner Banks. The counties of Gates, Perquimans, Camden and Currituck contain sixty percent of the Great Dismal Swamp. As in other areas along the waterways. Native Americans live in this region, with different groups leaving and new ones migrating to settle again. They created settlements, increasingly permanent, along the Chowan River. Gates County was organized in 1779 from parts of Chowan, Hertford, and Perquimans counties. It was named for General Horatio Gates, who commanded the victorious American colonial forces at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777.

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